"The bridge between success and failure is not long" (Japanese proverb).
There's no business like sports business. Professional sport has its own rules, and first and foremost it demands excellence.
Mediations in sport are no different. Sports mediators need to understand the sporting world. To understand the need for a quick resolution, for example, whether it's because a transfer deadline needs to be met or simply because the dispute is undermining team morale. To understand the need for confidentiality, because once the story hits the back pages the damage may be hard to contain. Simply, to understand professional sportsmen and sportswomen.
Mediation-1st offers a premiership team for sports mediations. Will Buckley is a barrister and works for sports law specialists Full Contact Law. Will knows the world of sport inside out; he has been Chief Sports Feature Writer at The Observer, is the best selling author of "The Man Who Hated Football", and a regular panelist on Radio 5's Fighting Talk. For mediations he teams up to co-mediate with Martin Plowman, our senior mediator, who is always at or near the top of his own particular league table, the National Mediator Database League Table; click here to see Martin's article on mediation in sport on the Full Contact website. Between them, Will and Martin offer an unrivalled combination of sports and mediation experience and have a successful track record of mediating sporting disputes.